The new lineup of entry-level but feature packed metal detectors & the cost of technology advancement
As we've seen over the last several months, the majority of metal detector manufacturers have shifted focus towards more aggressively priced entry level machines. Minelab introducing the new vanquish 340 440, 540 metal detectors and nokta makro introducing the simplex, all in the $200-500 price range sporting the latest and greatest technology from their respective developers.
While the lower to mid range start adopting the newer technology the more high end metal detectors use, that begs the question; where is the high end metal detector market is heading? Are we due a followup from the king of the high end, the CTX 3030? what do garrett currently have in the works to potentially dethrone the almighty AT Pro and AT Max lineup? What new technologies are the manufacturers working on for their mid to high end machines we've not yet heard of?
The Minelab Equinox 800 & Equinox 600 was the biggest shift in the market we've ever seen, a first, truly all purpose multi-frequency machine that can detect just as good on the beach as it can on old farm soil and everything in between, at a very affordable price point. When manufacturers implement this type of technology and make it affordable to all, the whole industry benefits, more competition is created and industry innovation rapidly increases.
2020 is going to be an amazing year for our hobby. The technology we've been seeing in our computers and phones has been making its way into our metal detectors and accessories at a much faster pace than in the past. Technology like Bluetooth, GPS, digital imaging etc have all seen integration into our hobby and tools over the last couple of years, metal detectors are getting smarter, headphones are getting lighter and less wires, even pointers are utilizing a lot of this new tech and we can't wait to see what next year brings to our industry!
If you have any questions about any of our metal detectors please don't hesitate to contact us and as always, happy hunting!
Every year around this time, many parents rejoice at the prospect of a bit of peace and quiet while their little ones head off back to school. For metal detectorists, back to school is usualy the green light to get out and start hunting those once packed parks and beaches!
As many of you know, September usually brings in some cooler weather and even a bit of much needed rain, if you've ever tried to detect on fields during the summer, you know how much of a challenge digging in dry dirt can be. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to get into metal detecting if you've been considering it as a hobby, almost all of the parks that have been bustling during the summer vacation months will be deserted, leaving you all alone to dig up any treasures that may have been left behind.
Beaches and rivers are also prime hunting grounds during back to school weeks, summer sees huge tourism which usually means lots of lost jewelry and electronics scattered around the shores to be found. If your looking to get started with metal detecting, now couldn't be a more perfect time to begin! Please check out our large selection of metal detectors and as always, give us a call if you have any questions and Happy hunting!
45 year old Jaroslaw Musialkowski, and his brother Marcin discovered 200 coins whilst detecting at an undisclosed location on the site of the Battle of Roslin. The massive haul of over 44 ancient coins was found after a third visit to the site.
The battle of Roslin saw more than 20,000 loose their lives when the Scots defeated the English armies, it's believed that of the 30,000 English soldiers who entered the battlefield, less than 2,000 survived.
The ancient coin spill is currently being evaluated by the National museum of Scotland, current estimates put the coins dates around the time of King Edward I who reigned from 1271-1307. Experts believe the coins may have been used to pay mercenaries during the epic battle.
The coins which were found earlier this year were discovered alongside some ancient pottery and have yet to be appraised, we expect them to fetch a pretty penny though! From the images posted online, it seems the dectorist who hit this jackpot was swinging a Garrett ACE 400, a great entry level machine that can find just as well as some of our more expensive units!
If you have any questions or are looking to get started on your treasure hunt, check out our wide selection of metal detectors and feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and as always, happy hunting!
Need another reason to get out and detect today? How about the 1894-S Barber Dime that just sold for $1.3M!
A Businessman in Utah just paid a whopping $1.32 million dollars for the Dime at auction last week. Apparently this dime was one of only 24 that were ever made. The proud new owner is a coin collector working to complete his collection of every coin minted from 1792 to present.
The coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint on June 9, 1894, the Professional Coin Grading Service said in a statement. The service certified the coin's condition and authenticity.
Rare 1943 copper coin fetches a pretty penny in auction: $204,000
The dime once belonged to Jerry Buss, the late owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. It last went up for auction in 1988.
Another 1894-S dime sold in 2016 to an anonymous buyer for almost $2 million. Maybe there's one in that next hole your about to dig, or come out of a spill at the old farm house you've been eyeing? All we know is we'd sure love to see one of our customers find something as epic as a barber-s!!
It's becoming a trend these days, this is the 2nd monster nugget we've reported on in almost as many months! This time from a metal detecting prospector and enthusiast from Ballarat in Victoria, AU.
Mr Day found the nugget after digging a small signal which turned out to be a bullet casing on an old farm pastureland. After digging the .22 bullet, the detector continued to give signal so he kept digging and unearthed the fist-sized monster about a meter deep.
Collectors from all over the world are already contacting Mr Day to purchase his find, gold nuggets this size are incredibly rare and hold much more value than their weight in gold to some collectors willing to pay a premium for a specimen this big.
Mr day proceeded to buy an even higher end metal detector shortly after his discovery, finding something like that would sure give us the old gold fever! Congratulations to him and we hope you all have as much luck in your hunts!
Metal detecting as a hobby continues to gain mainstream momentum, more and more manufactures are starting to invest in their marketing efforts to bring new audiences to the scene. Nokta Makro's latest commercial for their groundbreaking metal detector and imaging system is the perfect example of bigger budget marketing promo pieces done well. Have you checked out their new commercial yet? What do you think of manufacturers investing in marketing and promotion this way?
On a side note - we're really excited about the new Invenio, We love seeing innovation in this industry and Nokta Makro are killing it lately with their newest products, check out our Nokta Makro metal detector lineup and as always, drop us a line or give us a shout if you have any questions about these, or any of the metal detectors we sell!
The massive gold nugget was found by a hobbyist in then western Australia region known for its large gold fields and masses of unexplored outback and desert. Although the nugget was found almost a month ago now, only last week was it reported, with a value of close to $70,000 USD, we're not surprised the treasure hunter wanted to keep it a secret!
It's not unusual for detectorists to find small gold deposits all over this region, but finds like this are rare and only happen a few times a year.
the find was reported initially by finders keepers gold prospecting, the detectorist was using a Minelab GPX with the 17x11 Coiltek Elite. Ready to find your own massive gold nuggest and burried trasure? check out our selection of metal detectors and give us a call or Email if you have any questions! we're alyways happy to help!
News broke over the weekend of some school children in northern Israel finding an incredibly rare gold coin in a stream. The coin, a solidus minted by the Emperor Theodosius II in Constantinople (now Istanbul) around 420 CE. Similar coins are known from the byzantine empire but this is the first of its type ever found in Isreal.
There was a famous gold coin dug up in England by a redditor last month with his trusted Minelab CTX 3030, Europe is rich with history and still plenty of gold to be found, especially with your metal detectors!
If your interested in the most valuable gold treasure ever found, check out this list of the 10 most valuable treasures ever found, it's worth the read and should help keep the excitement to get get out there and dig dig dig!
If you would like to start metal detecting and see what treasure await you, please don't hesitate to give us a call and see how we can help you on your gold coin journey!
Are Fisher about to release a New Pulse Metal Detector? Learn more about the upcoming Fisher Impulse AQ 2019!
we've been seeing more news and testing demos of Fisher's latest machine, the all new Pulse detector for 2019, the Impulse AQ.
While pulse metal detectors have been around for some time now, they have always have issues with discrimination. Fisher seem to have solved this issue with the Impulse AQ as early prototype tests seem to be getting great reviews over in Russia. The technology has been refined by the Bulgarians and we expect to see this metal detector materialize sometime before the end of 2019. it's currently in prototype and testing stage and all the signs are this new tech is very promising!
Some key points coming out of Russia:
- Currently in the final testing stages before production begins
- Tonality: in the “all metals” mode - one tone, then there is the “2 tones” mode and the “mute” mode.
- The machine is built strong with durable cables and waterproof components
- Battery life is expected to be ~10 hours
- There is no screen, just 5 knobs for settings and selections.
- It won't be cheap, pricing estimates are currently between $2000 and $2500
- The test units weigh 1.8KG and are well balanced
First impressions so far are good but we'll have to wait and see how this new pulse metal detector from fisher pans out. we'll keep you updated with any more news on this machines when we receive it. If you have any questions on metal detectors we sell, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Recently, some Minelab equinox 600 and 800 owners have commented about their problems identifying silver accurately with their detectors over the last several months. Some owners even threatened to sue Minelab, forcing faster firmware releases than expected. With the new firmware, Equinox series detectors are hoping to have better silver identification along with some other small fixes and software tweaks. The user interface and depth gauge indicator have received updates as well as some other user profile functions some owners were claiming to be bugged.
The new update is available to download now via the Minelab update utility on your PC or mac, after downloading the update utility, connect your machine to your computer via USB and turn on your unit. The update utility will detect your existing firmware and prompt for updated versions if available. if your device is ready for an update you will see a notice displayed to proceed.
Time will tell if this update has fixed the silver identification issues the equinox series has faced, but at least Minelab is aware of the issue and working diligently to resolve it. we'll have to wait and see what our users report over the coming weeks if the firmware update was a success or not, keep an eye on our blog for more updates on this issue and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of the metal detectors we sell at BBH!